Forensic scientist Lawrence Kobilinsky explains why the trajectory of the bullets will be crucial in the track star's murder trial.
CNN's Drew Griffin and Time magazine investigate what's behind the high cost of medical bills in America. They find a family who was charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for items used during treatment at a hospital, like the paper cup that holds a patient's pills.
Last March Bob Weinkauf found himself in the ICU struggling to breath. After four days of treatment, the hospital was telling his wife Becky that insurance would not even come close to covering the costs of his care. She says she remembers shaking after the conversation, unsure of what to do.
Weinkauf's bills, totaling about $474,000, were listed in broad categories with few details about the specific charges. He decided to find out what exactly made his hospital stay so costly. The answer was in the price tag of every little or big item he touched or was given – tissues, a urine bottle, a cup he spit in, and most other services and supplies he needed.
On AC360, Reeva Steenkamp's brother, Adam, shares memories of his sister and talks about how his family is coping with her tragic death.
"My sister was a beautiful woman outwardly, and even more so inwardly," he tells CNN's Jake Tapper. "She brought people together...she was the glue that held us together at certain points." He says she'll be remembered for her empathy and selflessness.
Journalist Lynn Sweet describes the scene in court when former Rep. Jackson Jr. and his wife pleaded guilty to federal charges related to misusing campaign funds from 2005 to 2012. He could be sentenced up to five years behind bars.
"They both had in court a big display of support from their families, and they'll need it," Sweet tells CNN's Jake Tapper. She says the former Illinois Congressman looked pained and was teary-eyed when he admitted his guilt to the judge.
"What we had here was a scheme and a scam that went on for seven years," Sweet says about the former representative's crime, which went on for longer than most expected. "Trips to Costco, undergarments, toilet paper, and lavish expenses for a health club, trips - it just is a tragic downfall...it got them caught up in a lifestyle they could not afford." The couple also used the money for Michael Jackson memorabilia and a Rolex watch.
Reeva Steenkamp's family is mourning the loss of the former model who was shot to death in the home of her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Tonight Steenkamp's brother, Adam, reflects on his sister's life and talks about what he and other relatives knew about the type of relationship she had with Pistorius.
"She wanted to make a difference," he tells CNN's Jake Tapper. "She started by making small steps in that right direction." Steenkamp says Reeva, who graduated from law school, wanted to help with the issue of violence against women in South Africa.
Pistorius became an inspirational figure for overcoming his disability and achieving record success as a Paralympic competitor. In the affidavit read by his lawyer in court, Pistorius claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and never meant to harm her. The charges against him were upgraded to premeditated murder this week.
When you see a hospital bill for close to half a million dollars right there in front of you, it makes you realize the extraordinary cost of getting sick in America, especially if you are underinsured or, of course, have no insurance at all.
It’s not headline news that health care is wildly expensive but taking a detailed look at what many hospitals actually charge for even the smallest items is truly eye-opening.
Our segment tonight on AC360 is the first of a planned two part series we produced in conjunction with a special edition of Time Magazine, called “Bitter Pill.” Correspondent Drew Griffin and I worked with Time Contributor Steven Brill to track down patients like Bob Weinkauf from this Dallas suburb whose bill from two hospitals while recovering from a horrific lung disease was $474,000.